Yokohama City: Mayor Fumiko Hayashi

In March 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) held its 38th general meeting for the first time in Japan, in Yokohama, and reported to the world on the critical situation of climate change due to global warming. As the host of the IPCC meeting and a “FutureCity” as chosen by the Japanese government, Yokohama is concentrating its energy on initiatives to create a sustainable city, including taking measures to mitigate global warming.

Overview of Yokohama City


Population: 3,711,540 (as of November 1, 2014)

Yokohama is a beautiful international port city located in the greater Tokyo area. It is full of diverse attractions, including not only the modern waterfront symbolized by Minato Mirai 21 but also expanses of residential districts in the suburban areas covered with rich green and agricultural land.

The opening of Yokohama as a port to the world in 1859 triggered its subsequent development. Since then, Yokohama has developed into the nation’s second largest city with a population of 3.7 million by overcoming various difficulties such as the Great Kanto Earthquake, rapid population growth, and environmental pollution. The know-how and technical prowess in city administration developed in this process provides the foundation for its contribution to the international community today. In recent years, the city has hosted many international meetings such as APEC Leaders’ Meeting. In addition, a total of 31.34 million tourists visited the city in 2013. Thus Yokohama is also strong in attracting tourism and MICE events.

Environmental initiatives

Yokohama City has taken leadership in implementing measures to mitigate global warming such as power saving, energy conservation, and expansion of renewable energy use. It is also carrying out advanced measures such as the Yokohama Smart City Project, in which it aims to build Japanese-style smart grids in collaboration with private enterprises, as well as “Choimobi Yokohama” and “smaco,” which are both intended to promote wider use of the next generation of mobility. As a “FutureCity” selected by the Japanese government, Yokohama is working to communicate solution models for all kinds of urban problems, such as global warming and aging population, to the rest of the world.

Related information